Friday, April 08, 2011
The "Guns Save Lives" message came recently to Capitol Hill, reported gun rights expert John Snyder.
A billboard truck carrying the message toured Washington, D.C. in late March and early April.
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) and the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), cosponsor the multi-city project.
The billboard proclaims Americans use firearms 2,191 times every day for legitimate defensive purposes.
As the billboard truck parked on Capitol Hill beneath the dome of the U.S. Capitol, four gun rights activists spoke at a press conference.
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The spokesmen, pictured left to right, were John Snyder, CCRKBA Public Affairs Director and SAF Treasurer, Philip Van Cleave, President of the Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL), Joe Waldron, CCRKBA Legislative Director, and Robert Culver, Co-Chairman of Montgomery Citizens for a Safer Maryland (MCSM).
Snyder noted Americans use guns for defensive purposes daily at least 61 times more than the 34 times New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Mayors Against Illegal Guns (MAIG) say they are used in criminal homicide.
One of the purposes of the multi-city billboard campaign is to uncover and reveal the false impression created by the Bloomberg/MAIG proclamation that firearms are used 34 times a day in murder in the United States without reference to other facts.
"According to various estimates, including those based on U.S. Justice Department statistics, Americans use firearms between 800,000 and 2.5 million times a year for legitimate defensive purposes," said Snyder. "That works out to between 2,100 and 6,800 times a day, or between 61 to 206 times the criminal homicide figure Bloomberg and company are so fond of bandying about."
The four activists constituted a "truth squad," said Waldron. "We're here to ensure you get the other side of Bloomberg's story. Like the fact that three-fourths of those gun deaths are committed by career criminals – and half of their 'victims' are criminals, too.
"Guns Save Lives. Most Americans know that. Based on their ever-present security staff, so do Mayor Bloomberg and friends."
Van Cleave said "gun control simply does not work. States that have implemented it tend to have higher crime rates as a result. Disarming citizens only benefits criminals and no one else.
"Bloomberg's reference to the 34 figure is a small number compared to deaths due to a drunk behind the steering wheel, and miniscule compared to the number of lives that are saved by the defensive use of firearms."
"There is a difference between needs and wants," commented Culver. "If it ever occurs that you need a firearm to defend yourself, you have to have prepared by acquiring the proper tools and training in advance."
In addition to Washington, D.C., the CCRKBA/SAF gun rights billboard truck already has appeared in Chicago, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, Phoenix and Miami.
John M. Snyder